Team Building Days

Team Building Days

Looking for activities designed to promote motivation, communication or team morale amongst team members or perhaps looking to reward your hardworking team? Wivenhoe House in Colchester can offer a truly memorable experience. We work with a multi-award winning national company to provide you with the very latest team building events, activities and experiences. Set in over 300 acres of historic parkland yet only minutes from main transport links, our 40 bedroom luxury hotel complete with our award-winning brasserie and private dining options is an ideal choice.

Below you will find just an example of what we can offer, most packages can be tailored to your group size and budget or we can bespoke activities to meet your requirements.

  • Wine tasting
  • Cocktail making
  • Colchester Zoo experiences
  • Murder Mystery
  • Casino night

It’s a knockout from £1800

Entertaining and colourful games roadshows based on the 70s and 80s BBC television game show “It’s a Knockout”. Using inflatable obstacles, costumes, scenery, water, bubbles and lots of FUN, our Its A Knockout Shows provide great team building packages

There are four packages available with the Mini Knockout package recommended for Team Building events. This includes 6 different games taking place over a couple of hours with 8 teams of 8 available to take part.

Introduction to chocolate and tempering

Chappel Chocolate House can offer chocolate making events for your guests from team building, courses, birthday parties (including mixed age groups), hen parties, chocolate tasting experiences and workshops.  Learn about chocolate and how to temper it. You will be creating a giant chocolate slab and decorating with an assortment of toppings. Chocolate is available to purchase or order and the workshop lasts between 1.5 and 2 hours. There is a minimum booking of 10 needed. We can cater to dairy, gluten free and vegan.

Team building at Colchester Zoo from £34.95 per person

In addition to the activities we can offer at Wivenhoe House we can also work with Colchester Zoo to create a bespoke package including an overnight stay, meetings or dining at Wivenhoe House. At Colchester Zoo the team can choose from a range of activities including;

  • Animal Detective Squad – Work together to solve a beastly murder mystery
  • Enrichment Exercise ‘Creations for Creatures’ – Race to design and build a device to test an animal’s skills
  • Treasure Quest – Work together to solve riddles, face challenges and race to complete the quest!
  • Animal Training and Communication – Learn the secrets and take the animal training challenge!
  • Download the Colchester Zoo flyer

Other team building activities from £45pp per 1/2 day and £90pp per full day

2 Hours – Geocache and Navigation Skills – (Physical effort 2/5)

The team will be coached in the skills needed to keep everyone together, avoid getting lost, read a map and understand how to use tech in supporting map skills – this will genuinely equip you with the basics for navigating in a mountain, wild or forest environment. We will include a few challenges and maybe even find some treasure.

We can include along the way if you wish: Nature therapy taster, tree identification, and maybe even a cheeky forage depending on what we stumble across. + 1 Hour)

2 Hours – Survival Skills – (Physical effort 2/5)

Before you start we test or moral code? Who gets to survive?

Then sit on 4 demonstrations – Shelter Build, Fire Lighting, Water Filtration/Purification, Wild Food* Prep. Be Warm, Drink and Eat!

The Demonstrations are 5 Minutes each. You will then break into small teams (still all together) and take the 1 Hour Survival Challenge – Can you do everything you just saw in this time and save yourself and friends?

*Wild food will be that: depending on what is available at the time this could be Bird, Beast or fish. We can happily add in a vegan, dietary and Halal friendly alternative option if required.

2 Hours – Advanced Fire Lighting – (Physical effort 3/5)

This is about starting a sustainable fire using a ferro rod (fire striker like you see Bear Grylls use) then re-igniting a fire with an ember – then start a fire with traditional flint and steel – Then if the team has progressed well start a team friction fire using bow drill. (FIRE IS NOT GUARANTEED, TEAM WORK IS)

2 Hours – Whittling and green woodcraft intro – (Physical effort 1/5)

Using Saw, Axe and Knives you will become the master of your tools. First making your very own wooden mallet and try stick you will move onto carving your very own wooden item (knife, tent peg, spatula etc). You will leave with your self-crafted items and the perfect skill-set to supply your family with BBQ and kitchen tools instead of buying presents.

2 Hours – Target Sports (Physical effort 2/5)

Choosing two of the following; Archery, Axe Throwing and or even Spear Throwing, you will have time to learn how to focus your aim and hit the target where you want every-time These sessions are supported with good coaching to help improve your skills. You will get to have a friendly test in each where you will compete as two teams against each other.

1 – 3 Hours – Initiative Team Challenges (Physical effort 1/5 – 5/5)

Here you can use various challenges to forge happy memories or crumble and rebuild a team with leadership development. What ever your angle required we have the skills to take your team for fun and enjoyment, improve the Exec-boards communication skills to an in depth project Strength Finder review. Challenges range from low impact activities such as gutter tube and leaky tube to full first aid evacuation scenarios.

2 Hours – Stress Management and mindfulness development (Physical effort 2/5)

Nature walk with mindfulness activities to bring out the inner calm and reconnect to nature – Learn to light and enjoy a small leave no trace fire and toast some team marshmallows while focusing on entering the mind and discussion how to manage those demons. You can even enjoy an 30 min Thai Chi session to really open the whole body to calm.

Whole Day mix and match (Physical effort 1/5 – 5/5)

You can see the rough length of time for various adventures above – you can bolt a few together to embrace the development, mindful and enjoyment for all of your team.

*minimum charge of 7 delegates per booking

Our team building is provided by an external Supplier which we can coordinate  on your behalf

For more information or to book, contact us on;
Team Building private dining

We also have a variety of spaces in the hotel for meetings and private dining which can be built into a team building package




find us, however you travel
By car:

When using a SATNAV please enter the location WIVENHOE, Colchester (do not use a postcode as this will direct you to the wrong side of Wivenhoe Park).

Take the exit marked Colchester (A133)
Follow the A133 towards Clacton
Please follow signs for WIVENHOE
You will see a black sign on your right which says, ‘Wivenhoe House & The Brasserie’, turn right here into PARK ROAD
The entrance for Wivenhoe House is shared with the University of Essex, but PARK ROAD leads you through Wivenhoe Park and you will be able to see our beautiful house from the road on your right
CONTINUE to follow the signs for WIVENHOE HOUSE and it will lead you to us.

If you would like any help with directions, please do call us on 01206 863666 and a member of our team will be able to assist you.

By train:

Colchester station, Colchester Town station, Wivenhoe station and Hythe stations are all between 10-15 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Trains run between London (Liverpool Street) and Colchester station every 10-20 minutes. The journey takes around an hour. Also connect with Colchester from Norwich, Ipswich, Felixstowe & Harwich. Some trains from London (Liverpool Street) also stop at Wivenhoe Station. When travelling from the Clacton/Walton direction, alight at Wivenhoe or Hythe Stations.

By plane:

Stansted airport is approximately 45 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Helicopter pad coordinates are 603200/223900.